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Don't do it.: Not only is jogging energizing, but exercise in general improves nighttime sleep quality. So why mess that all up with a nap? In fact, don't exercise too late at night as it will disrupt your sleep at night. Exercise more than four hours before going to bed. And don't nap. ...Read more
That depends: If you nap during the day and then can't sleep at night - then napping might not be so great. However, If you are sleep deprived or recovering from illness/ surgery - etc. Then napping may be helpful. Some people in very hot countries may nap in the middle of the day - this can be adaptive. ...Read more
Not usually: We normally advise people not to as this can cause trouble sleeping at night. It likely won't cause a huge problem if you nap occasionally. Especially on the beach (wear sunscreen or be in the shade)! ...Read more
Naps & Sleep: Naps are very interesting. If one suffers from any form of insomnia, they should avoid naps altogether. Naps ranging from 20 to 60 minutes can be quite refreshing for many. Greater than 60 minutes and the brain thinks it is bedtime and one runs the risk of waking up groggy and tired. Regular short naps have shown to improve energy, reduce stress, and even lower the risk of heart disease. ...Read more
What is considered the maximum amount of minutes for a nap to be beneficial to your health (life)?
It depends upon how much you are sleeping at night. Some people benefit from "power naps" for about 15-20 minutes, others need longer nap times. Prolonged naps may interfere with your night time sleep.
Here are more tips on sleep and sleep hygiene
http://www. Princeton. Edu/uhs/healthy-living/hot-topics/sleep-hygiene/. ...Read more
My 2 year old coughs only when she is asleep. She does that at night and when she naps. When she is awake, she is healthy and normal.
73 y o good health 4 hours exercise once per week I need 12 hours sleep since several years. If I nap 2 hours I still need 12 hours...
Be seen: I would be seen for a good medical check up and also a sleep study. There are endocrine problems that can cause a person to need a lot of sleep such as in hypothyroidism, and there are also sleep disturbances that can cause it as well such as sleep apnea. If everything checks out, you might have to force yourself to sleep kess by using a strict schedule or you might choose to just sleep on! ...Read more
6 month-old sleeps max. Of 7 hrs/night, & takes no naps (literally, none) during day. Is this sufficient sleep for healthy cognitive development?
Is it ok to give my healthy 16 month old son a 6 oz bottle of pediasure everyday? I usually give him before his nap time. He drinks cows milk too.
It's likely ok, but..: He should not get in the habit of getting his nutrition and calories from supplements, rather than eating a healthy and varied diet. He does not NEED Pediasure if healthy and of normal weight and growth. Indeed, you run the risk of obesity with the extra calories from daily Pediasure. Finally, Pediasure is hardly cheap. Spend the money on a book for the child, and start a different nap routine. ...Read more
May need some tweaks: Some babies are better nappers than others and a 2 month old typically will spend a fair amount of the day (even 18-20 hours) asleep. Some times subtle changes in the schedule can significantly help with daytime napping. Try earlier nighttime bedtimes (such as 6:30 pm) and consistent attempts at nap. Books I like: healthy sleep habits, healthy child (weissbluth) and healthiest baby on block (karp). ...Read more
11 month old sleeps 10 hrs at night then naps at 9, 12, 3 and 6. Is this too much? Why is he so tired? Born full term healthy no history
18 year old female, 4-5 hours sleep for past 9 months. How will this effect my health? Very anxious too and POCS. Can napping during day be worse?
See below: Inability to fall asleep easily is often due to anxiety. Inability to stay asleep (early awakening) is often due to depression. For information on treating insomnia see http://bit. Ly/260HSXL and http://bit. Ly/1ZOS1D8 For good advice about napping: http://wb. Md/1UxS4PA For treatment of anxiety Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is very good. See my Checklist "overcoming anxiety and stress" ...Read more
Is there a health risk to infants caused by sleeping in swings, bouncer, seats for extended periods of time- long naps or overnight?
Depends on situation: Some infants can look fine when awake but will turn their head, fold their airway & stop breathing after falling asleep. This can be fatal. It is most likely to occur in the first months before neck strength improves, but is more worrisome if the kid is sick, a former premi or has a neurologic condition. Please clear this with your pcp for individual needs. ...Read more
My 10 month old & 2 year old fight their sleep. They don't want to take naps or go to sleep. At night. Is that normal? Will it hurt them health wise?
Sleep hygeine: While it is not at all unusual for babies and infants to fight sleep, you still should work with them to establish a sleep routine and expectations about their sleep. What they learn about sleep now will likely affect their sleep habits for a lifetime. Especially at end of day, have a very specific routine to prepare for bed, then no tv, movies, etc to coerce sleep. Quiet room, quiet sleep! ...Read more
Maybe, maybe not: Babies need to get enough restorative sleep/24hrs to support normal growth & developmental progress. If she sleeps well at night & gathers brief cat naps off & on during the day, enjoy the process. Infants do not understand or look forward to sleep. They enjoy the alert times & try to hang on. ...Read more
I'm always exhausted. I'm 25, feel 40. I sleep all night but need at least one nap a day. I eat healthy, exercise and don't take meds. I have 0 energy?
Many possibilities: Profound fatigue can have numerous sources and without further history, detailed physical exam and some lab tests it is not easy to determine what may be going on. You need to see a good family doctor and get thoroughly evaluated as you should not be feeling like this. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more
Fantastic but...: Normally, most people would love to fall asleep that quickly, but there could be some signs of some sort of sleep disorder if you are tired all the time, etc. Consider a sleep study. ...Read more
Do you recommend any way to fall asleep faster and wake up feeling healthy and more energized? Without the use of meds. I have tried quite a bit.
My 3 month old doesn't fall asleep on his own unless I am near him or touching him? Is this a healthy sleeping habit at this age?
Establish sleep con-: Solidation between 1-4 mos. Before implicit memory & learned behaviors begin at 5-6 mos. At a consistent bedtime, read, rock, nurse, wipe out his mouth with a soft cloth, then put him to bed in his own room, drowsy but awake. Allow him to learn to self-calm to sleep without you, bottle or pacifier. When he night-wakes at 6 mos. Or >, he'll go back to sleep on his own & he won't get cavities. ...Read more
Been waking up gasping for breath after falling asleep about 6-8 times in the last couple months. Kinda scary. 28, healthy, what could it be?
Can't sleep any suggestions? I'm 20 and pretty healthy. This sleeping habit has recently started I can't sleep at night I normally finally fall asleep around 4am after tossing and turning all night. I have never had this issue, and I've thought about taki
Here are some basic recommendations for getting good quality sleep:
1. Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time schedule including weekends. Get up about the same time every day, regardless of what time you fell asleep.
2. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime many include a warm bath or shower, aroma therapy, reading, or listening to soothing music.
3. Sleep in a room that is dark, quiet, comfortable, and cool; sleep on comfortable mattress and pillows.
4. Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex. Have work materials, computers, and tvs in another room.
5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hours prior to your regular bedtime.
6. Avoid caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hours of bedtime. Avoid heavy use of alcohol.
7. Exercise regularly; finish at least a few hours before bedtime.
8. Avoid naps.
9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching tv.
10. Designate another time to write down problems & possible solutions in the late afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime.
11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch tv until sleepy.
Some over the counter sleep medications can lead to rebound (worse) insomnia if you take them for very long. Try good "sleep hygiene" before you reach for medications. Good luck. ...Read more
Hand numbness: That would depend. If this hand numbness has been going on for a long time, you might want to check in with your physician to find out his insights. The causes could come from many different sources. If you use your hands a lot. That is, if you are sitting at a keyboard typing all day or use hands and wrists in some type of job that requires repeated tasks, you might be developing carpal tunnel. ...Read more
What healthy and natural thing can I take or what can I do to stay prevent falling asleep on a long road trip.?
Ideas: When on a long trip of any sorts, breaking time up can be helpful. You may want to set timers and play games. Thinking like listening to audio book or podcast can help and changing focus (actually changing books after 30 minutes to 1 hour) can be helpful. Chewing gum/eating but don't want to add a ton of extra calories. The last recomm.--> stop and brisk walk for 5 min every ~60 miles. ...Read more
Lately, I've been going to bed with a lot on my mind. It usually takes about an hour to fall asleep. Is this healthy?
Long term rumination: may lead to problems with insomnia. Laying awake for long periods conditions the body and mind to be alert and awake in bed instead of entering sleep. Recommend use of good sleep hygiene (see link in comments section). If worry and rumination are problems consider a consult with a psychologist to learn skills to reduce this issue. If needed, training in good sleep hygiene is also available. ...Read more